TOUGH CANINES: Julia Steley of the RSPCA with some of the puppies that were dumped in Maleny.
TOUGH CANINES: Julia Steley of the RSPCA with some of the puppies that were dumped in Maleny. john mccutcheon

Abandoned puppies lucky to survive cold, land slasher

SURVIVING a night in freezing conditions proved they were tough.

Escaping the blades of a slasher was just plain lucky.

Now the RSPCA is hoping the six puppies found on an overgrown block of land in Maleny still have enough strength and luck left to pull through.

They also hope whoever dumped them is out of luck and gets "dobbed in" by someone who knows their dirty secret.

"They have a long road ahead of them but I would say any puppy that can survive in freezing cold conditions in Maleny overnight would be a tough dog," RSPCA Inspector Julia Steley said. "I would say their chances are good."

Ms Steley has seen a lot of abandoned animals in her time but says few have a story of survival to match this litter.


She believes they were dumped on the overgrown block some time Tuesday.

A contractor employed to slash the block found one puppy that day and took it home, not realising another six were hidden in the long grass.

He found them when he returned the next day, after overnight temperatures dropped to single figures.

Sadly, one of the pups died but the others are now in the care of a Beerwah vet.

"It was a freezing cold night - I'm surprised they survived," Ms Steley said.

"They appear to be about four weeks old and we think they are sharpei cross, but they are so young it's hard to be sure.

"They don't appear to be emaciated, so I assume that their mother has been caring for them until now."

Ms Steley said the pups would have died if the man had not been slashing the block that day.

"Some may have been eaten (by feral dogs and cats) - that would have been a quick death.

"But the ones without food and shelter would have died a long, slow death.

"Those which didn't freeze would have starved to death."

The puppies have been taken in by the RSPCA, which will care for them until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed in permanent homes.

In the meantime, Ms Steley said she hoped whoever dumped them would be brought before court, where they could face fines of more than $5000.

The abandoned puppies come after about 40 cats were found dumped in the state forest near Woodford. 

"It's not only sad it's unbelievably callous and irresponsible," RSPCA Qld spokesman Michael Beatty said.

"The majority of the animals would have died a drawn out painful death but the ones that survived would be the strongest and most resilient.

"This is how the feral cat and wild dog populations have continued to multiply and prosper.

"If people would just get their animals desexed we wouldn't have these problems."

Operation Wanted: Desex your pet runs until the end of August. 172 vets statewide have signed up and are offering 20% discounts on desexing rates. 

If you have any details on the puppies, call the RSPCA hotline on 1300ANIMAL.


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